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ISSN: 1527-814X Tuesday March 14, 2000

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Skulking through free technical books

Yesterday's issue mentioned a great free Internet and phone service called "Buzme".  We neglected to mention that this was submitted by Jr. Skulker Chris Gray.

Our 10/21/99 issue had an article about technical computer books that you could read online for free.  The company doing that took on partners, launched a new web site, and the service is better than ever.  Go to the first link above, click on "Become a member for free", and fill out the registration form.  Log in to your new account, press the Free Library link on the left of the page, and you will see categories of books.  Choose a category, choose a book, and you can read the entire contents online.  Or go to the second link for an alphabetical listing of the free library.  You will be impressed with what you can get for free.  These are books that sell for $50 and up.

The rest of the site, outside the free library, is meant to sell you books on paper.  You can read maybe one or two chapters of those books online to entice you to buy the whole book.

Two more toll-free area codes to skulk

It looks as though there will be two more toll-free area codes later this year.  As you jr. skulkers should know, the U.S. currently uses codes 800, 888, and 877 for calls that are free to the caller because the called party pays the charge.  (WebSkulker once went on a tour with a phone company employee who would stress the last syllable.  He would talk about how the equipment handles the call-ING party and then what happens at the call-ED party's end, etc.)

Jr. Skulker Numike suggested the site for more information about the two new codes: 855 and 866.  The first is a brief article about the new codes, and the second is a page of test numbers that you might be able to use today to see if your telephone company is ready to handle calls to the new codes.

WebSkulker created his own ANI number


The above number belongs to a company that sends spam email, and appeared in one of their spams as the number to call for more information.  WebSkulker called it a bunch of times to "punish" them by running up their 800 phone bill and a few hours later he tried to call it again, but now gets a message:  "It is illegal to continuously dial a number for the purpose of harassment" and then a voice comes on and speaks our phone number to scare us.  WebSkulker was properly scared, but Ms. Cat insisted he try this again from a different phone.  Sure enough, after dialing the number a bunch of times and then waiting until the next day, that line gets the recording and ANI information also.  The company sees that someone is running up their bill and their machine has the capability of playing the special message when certain phone numbers call.

It's fun.  Create your own ANI number by calling these spamming jerks.  Leave messages telling them what you think of spam.  What's even more fun is to call spammers' toll-free numbers from a payphone, because they will have to pay the payphone surcharge of maybe 30 cents per call as well as the per-minute charge.

Skulking dead presidents

Jr. Skulker Chris Gray suggested this site for its great Flash animations.  Some of the cartoons are interactive so try moving the mouse around to see if anything happens, and of course press buttons if they appear.  The second link above is his favorite.  Click on the pictures of the presidents, and try the Lyrics button at the bottom.

These made WebSkulker laugh

Submitted by Jr. Skulkers Mediahound and one who wants to be anonymous

The Pillsbury Doughboy - Dead at 71

Veteran Pillsbury spokesman, The Pillsbury Doughboy, died yesterday of a severe yeast infection and unhealed contusions presumed to be from repeated pokes to the belly. He was 71. 

The Doughboy was buried in a slightly greased coffin. Dozens of celebrities turned out, including Mrs. Butterworth, the California Raisins, Hungry Jack, Betty Crocker, the Hostess Twinkies, Captain Crunch and many others. 

The graveside was piled high with flours as longtime friend, Aunt Jemima, delivered the eulogy, describing Doughboy as, "a man who never knew how much he was kneaded." 

Doughboy rose quickly in show business, but his later life was filled with many turnovers. He was not considered a very smart cookie, wasting much of his dough on half-baked schemes. Still, even as a crusty old man, he was a roll model for millions. 

Doughboy is survived by his second wife, Play Dough. They had two children and one in the oven. 

The funeral was held at 3:50 for about 20 minutes.

Submitted by the anonymous one

Top Ten Party Games for Old Folks

1. Sag, You're It!

2. Pin the Toupee on the Bald Guy

3. 20 Questions Shouted into your Good Ear

4. Kick the Bucket.

5. Red Rover, Red Rover, the Nurse Says Bend Over

6. Doc, Doc Goose

7. Simon Says Something Incoherent

8. Hide and Go Pee

9. Spin the Bottle of Mylanta

10. Musical Recliners


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